(EFE) – The Brazilian Santos will reunite this Tuesday to his feared offensive trident to try to certify his pass to the group stage of the Copa Libertadores against a San Lorenzo with losses in defense, but with the Romero brothers available.
The São Paulo team, runner-up in the 2020 edition, starts with an advantage for this second leg of the third qualifying round of the Libertadores, after winning 1-3 in Buenos Aires.
The winner of the tie will go to group C of the most important football club tournament in America, where Boca Juniors, Barcelona de Guayaquil and The Bolivian Strongest are already waiting.
The santista coach, the Argentine Ariel Holan, will be able to count on Marinho, Kaio Jorge and the Venezuelan Yeferson Soteldo, the trio of attackers who dazzled last season and who have not played together for two months for various reasons.
Kaio Jorge, 19, has just recovered from a muscle injury. Marinho is already in top form after a period of convalescence from covid-19, while Soteldo was finally able to return to Brazil after visiting his family in Venezuela.
The three have not met on a pitch since last February 13 and are expected to start this Tuesday at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, as the team will not be able to play at Vila Belmiro due to the restrictions due to the pandemic adopted in the state of Sao Paulo.
Over the weekend, at the resumption of the Paulista Championship, Holan reserved the theoretical headlines against Botafogo-SP, with a view to the match against the Argentines, a decisive tie as the winner will secure a large amount of money at a time of extreme difficulty financial
The statistics call for optimism. Santos has chained a six-game streak without losing to Argentine teams in Conmebol competitions, with four wins and two draws.
For its part, San Lorenzo travels with a desire for revenge, in the middle of a process of transition of the squad led by also Argentine coach Diego Dabove.
The Barça Cyclone needs to score at least three goals to have any chance of qualifying, quite a feat for a team that has traveled to Brasilia with the defense in the box.
Defender Diego Braghieri, with a strained left leg abductor, is safe. Another of the centrals, Alejandro Donatti, is doubtful due to an overload, as well as the winger Marcelo Andrés Herrera.
On the other hand, offensive midfielder Julián Palacios, injured in the knee, will not be at Mané Garrincha either.
In this context, Franco Troyansky and Nicolás Fernández will compete for a place in the attack to accompany Franco Di Santo and Ángel Romero, who will foreseeably be accompanied from the beginning by the creative Óscar Romero.
The presence of the two brothers is one of the main assets of the Almagro team to seek an epic comeback in Brazilian territory and to be able to stay alive in the Libertadores.
– Probable lineups:
.Saints: João Paulo, Pará, Kaiky, Luan Peres, Felipe Jonatan; Alison, Ivonei, Gabriel Pirani; Marinho, Kaio Jorge and Yeferson Soteldo.
Coach: Ariel Holan
.San Lorenzo: José Devecchi; Gino Peruzzi, Federico Gattoni, Alejandro Donatti (or Fabricio Coloccini), Bruno Pittón; Óscar Romero, Diego Rodríguez, Juan Ramírez; Ángel Romero, Franco Di Santo and Franco Troyansky (or Nicolás Fernández).
Coach: Diego Dabove.
Referee: the Uruguayan Esteban Ostojich, assisted by his compatriots Carlos Barreiro and Martín Soppi.
Stadium: Mané Garrincha, in Brasilia.
Hours: 9:30 p.m. local time